Below you’ll find answers to some of the frequently asked questions. If you don't see your question here, please contact me.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We will work together to determine the therapeutic approach that will best meet your specific needs.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place. We will work together to create a specific treatment plan to help you achieve your goals as efficiently as possible.
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Active participation and practice of learned skills outside of the therapy sessions are crucial to your success.
Yes, most definitely! Therapy is best experienced in a relationship of confidence and trust. Therefore, all therapy services are strictly confidential and may not be shared with anyone without your written permission, except where disclosure is required by law. Legal exceptions to confidentiality are in place to protect your safety and the safety of others such as reasonable suspicion of abuse/neglect of a child, elderly or dependent adult or when a client may be a danger to self, to others or to property.
Sex therapy is essentially talk therapy that focuses on issues of sexuality, sexual health, and reproductive health. Sex therapy does not include any sexual touch. A good sex therapist will navigate boundaries and ethical considerations well, and keep the therapist-client relationship safe and on track.
Yes! I use a HIPAA-secure video chat service to conduct telehealth appointments (if the client is unable to meet in person.)